Mini-architect in the making
Boy, 8, named to Lego ‘Creative Crew’
by Hannington Dia
Reporter Staff Writer
Jul 01, 2018 | 2906 views | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lego enthusiast and creator Dilan Bhimani
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There's a young, budding builder in town, but he doesn't get his tools from the hardware store. Eight-year-old Dilan Bhimani of Secaucus will join Lego as part of its 2018 Creative Crew at the Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester, N.Y.

The company selected Bhimani as one of three kids in New Jersey to participate in exclusive building sessions at the 32,300-square-foot center, attend and report on special events, and even test out new rides and games. He was selected after he submitted his various Lego designs.

Bhimani will also work with Legoland’s Master Model Builder Anthony Maddaloni, a special ambassador for the attraction.

For the young man, it may well be a dream come true. He began building with Lego pieces at 4, and hasn't stopped since.

He's created things such as a mini Ferrari, small city replicas, and even anime character Optimus Prime, all using those tiny bricks.

Last year, his parents purchased different Lego parts for him, which he used to create fidget spinners for sale at a local community kids’ fair.

“I'm kind of surprised that I got picked and excited to be in this group,” he said.

With a friend, Bhimani once built spinning Lego tops that battled each other. They were supposed to imitate Beyblade, a Japanese manga series created to promote spinning tops.

But it wasn't until earlier this year that Lego officials noticed Bhimani's talents. He was visiting Manhattan's Intrepid Museum with family in February during a STEM week for kids. Lego workshops were included. Westchester Creative Crew members were also on hand to promote the program. During the visit, Bhimani built a helicopter in two minutes.

He showed the finished product to his dad, who was talking to Lego representatives. They encouraged him to apply for a slot.

Bhimani's dad filled out the forms on his behalf, and the company announced him as a winner the following month.

Bhimani said he's not completely sure which creations he'll bring to the crew, but he does have some ideas.


“I wish I was as focused and creative at his age.” – Parag Bhimani


“I would like to create something that's vehicle-themed, or maybe an amusement park,” he said. “Like a roller-coaster type. Or maybe I want to build a slide for four little people.”

Block building isn't the only way Bhimani releases his creative energy. “He's also really good at origami; he's built a lot of pieces with origami paper,” said Nainsi, Bhimani's mom. He also likes abstract painting. He draws inspiration from classical Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, trying to mimic his color combinations, his mother said. But Bhimani prefers drawing with crayons and markers.

Bhimani is considering one of three career paths as he gets older, including becoming a scientist, engineer, or explorer. “I would like to explore caves and underground stuff, maybe,” he said.

“I wish I was as focused and creative at his age,” said his father.

That focus was evident in his submission.

Nicholas Hurst, the Discovery Center's sales and marketing executive, said, “When Anthony and I reviewed all of the Creative Crew submissions that we received, Dilan’s really stood out. Our submission process asked for at minimum, a single photo of your Lego creations. Dilan submitted over 10 photos with multiple builds in some of the photos.”

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